In the mid-1990s, the African-American visionary author, Octavia E. Butler published two novels later to be called the “Parable Series”. In “Parable of the Sower“ and “Parable of the Talents” Butler tells the story of a community struggling to survive the environmental, socioeconomic and political collapse of the 21st-century USA. Butler, who died in 2006, created characters and worlds that remain highly topical today. Her complex characters are genderfluid time travelers, atrocity survivors, Black Women and People of Color. Inspired by the Parables, Octavia’s Visions speaks to contemporary themes of environmental degradation, far right extremism, and social liberation. The poetic piece expresses a queer utopian imaginary, a longing to create out of the old something new.
Selected Filmography: Fighting This Despair With Joy (in development), Octavia’s Visions (2021), The Sea Runs Thru My Veins (2019), Khoshbakhti (Happiness) (2015), under construction (2013)